The transition to a green economy depends on cities. In The Sustainable City, Steven Cohen, executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, provides a broad and engaging overview of the urban systems of the 21st century, surveying policies and projects already under way in cities around the world and pointing to ways that the urban infrastructure of the future–renewable energy, energy efficiency, mass and personal transit, and advanced waste management–can be improved. The Sustainable City provides invaluable lessons for anyone seeking to link public policy to promoting a sustainable lifestyle.
Steven Cohen is executive director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a professor in the practice of public affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy, the Master of Science in Sustainability Management, and the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management at Columbia. His books include Sustainability Management: Lessons from and for New York City, America, and the Planet and Understanding Environmental Policy.